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Some geomechanical properties of a biopolymer treated medium sand Land Reclamation

Wiszniewski, Mateusz, Skutnik, Zdzislaw, Biliniak, Marcin, Çabalar, Ali Firat
Annals of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, SGGW 2017 v.49 no.3 pp. 201-212
Xanthomonas campestris, additives, bacteria, biopolymers, sand, sandy soils, seepage, shear strength, xanthan gum
Some geomechanical properties of a biopolymer treated medium sand. This paper presents a laboratory assessment of geomechanical properties of sandy soil improved by biopolymer application. Additives (biosubstance) consist of polysaccharides and water. Biosubstance used in the project was xanthan gum, which comes from bacteria Xanthomonas campestris. Triaxial shear compression tests and unconfined compression tests were carried out for investigation purposes. Amount of the biopolymer used in the samples was 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5%, on dry weight basis. It is thought that such application, which is a relatively new technique, could be used as a ground improvement and water seepage barrier, required to strengthen and protect some geotechnical works including foundation, underground structures and waste disposals. The results indicate that behavior of the soil changes rapidly based on the amount of biosubstance. Shear strength parameters have shown a significant increase, which gives a chance for further development and possible applications.